The annual bar mitzvah celebration for disadvantaged youth will take place June 9th. This year the event is entitled "13 in 2013." The event is being organized by the Jaffa Institute in conjunction with the Bet Shemesh Educational Center. The facility is a residential high school for at-risk males. Some come from immigrant families and others come from parents severely affected by poverty or other adverse conditions.
"This year, the Center fulfilled the dreams of its B’nei Mitzvah students. The day’s events marked the culmination of a course in which the boys studied the significance of the Bar Mitzvah as an important boundary between childhood and adulthood," stated Rabbi Eli Goldsmith of the Jaffa Institute.
The 13 in 2013 Bar Mitzvah Celebration will take place June 9th.